The shock of unexpected change, when it is a superego decision, thus removing control, brings fear and anxiety into everyone affected.
We in the UK have seen this domino effect of shock reverberating around the country. As well as amazement and disruption it has brought a sense of excitement, conversation, argument and newness into otherwise routine and busy lives across the country.
When observing what happens with change on a wide scale it is interesting to compare group reactions to those of a couple, their family and friends facing the unknown.
A family, getting on with their lives in a safe and certain routine can collectively face the ups and downs of day to day existence.
When sudden change manifests itself the whole family can be disrupted, bringing a forced difference in a very short space of time to the hitherto status quo in the family culture.
A move, loss of job, an affair following breakdown of communication, unexpected illness or death can throw all concerned into a whirlpool of vulnerability and fear.
Some people manage these traumas with difficulty but eventual resolution and some are not so fortunate. At Coupleworks, we see more of the latter but with time, listening, respect and acceptance of change we can witness recovery taking place. It is possible to encourage a more solid foundation within the couple management.
With the wider picture of the superego seeming to lose control and without a solution in place, an honest and straightforward approach may help to shift rigid views and more tolerance might start to form in a country currently at odds with itself.
This will, like with a couple, need acceptance that clinging to old ways which no longer fit the present time is like expecting a mother plant to flourish forever, instead of respecting the fact that new shoots with their energetic and creative growth can bring stronger yet different shapes and colours.
The advertisements on television for the coming Olympics and Paralympics have shown how creativity and change can help bring back positive excitement during uncertain times.